Grant Limone has some big goals for both himself and his Weston (Conn.) lacrosse team this coming spring.
But you’ll have to excuse the standout goaltender who has verbally committed to defending national champion Loyola for taking a bit of a break from the sport during the winter months.
That’s because the 6-foot-3 junior is a member of the Trojans’ varsity basketball team.
But soon, Limone’s focus will turn back to lacrosse and the always competitive race in the South-West Conference. In addition to that, Limone is also looking forward to Weston’s non-league and out-of-state games, as you will soon see.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
I play basketball during the winter, so I take the winter off from lacrosse, but I’ve done a lot this past summer and fall to prepare.
Over the summer, I competed with the Connecticut Bulldogs. We played in various tournaments such as King of the Hill in Maryland, Tri-State in New Jersey, and a few local tournaments. I also played at Maverik Showtime which is a very competitive recruiting camp that displays some of the best HIgh School talent in the country.
During the fall, I participated in the first ever Project 9.9 lacrosse camp. It was held at St. Paul’s School in Maryland and took place over Columbus Dayweekend. The instruction was fantastic and the caliber of the players there was second to none.
I also played at the Philly Showcase, UMass Fall tournament, Hofstra Blue and Gold tournament and Sticks for Soldiers.
Weston has a winter team that competes at the Trumbull Sports Zone.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
Our schedule this year looks pretty competitive. We play our usual league opponents such as, Masuk, Brookfield, Newtown, New Fairfield, Joel Barlow and New Milford.
We’re also playing Staples and Glastonburym which should be two competitive out-of-league games.
I’m really looking forward to our out-of-states game. We are playing North Rockland, Byram Hills and Nyack (from Section 1 in New York). We beat North Rockland in double overtime last year, and beat Byram Hills by one, so both of those games should be exciting again.
What player or players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
We have a few really good players on our team this year.
Sean Fumai, a lefty attackman committed to Gettysberg, has been a three-year starter and will carry us on offense this year.
Grey Bradshaw-Mack, a senior defender committed to Wesleyan, has seen substantial time since he was a freshman and will be a leader on the defense.
The player who will be the biggest surprise on our team this year is junior midfielder Troy Flynn. He’s got great size, is very athletic and can shoot from the outside.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
The strength of our team this year will be the experience our players have.
Three of our seniors played key minutes as freshmen and got big-game experience in either their freshman or sophomore year. Three juniors started last year as sophomores. And all the sophomores that will have an impact this year got the chance to play during our playoff run last year.
Our entire coaching staff is coming back and I think they are a great asset to the team.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
The race for our league will be between us and St. Joe’s (Trumbull). I think we will have a very successful season.
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